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Badwater Ultramarathon 2007

I went into this race with the goal of beating my finish time from 2004, which was 37:41. Actually, I hoped to beat 36 hours and had a fantasy goal of beating 35, which I kept to myself. I didn't plan on winning the race, only on giving the race everything I had. Well, with my fantastic crew consisting of Dave Bursler, Dave Heckman, Larry Ham, Dori Robertson, and Glenn Tachiyama, I finished in 34:33:30 for a 1st place women's win. I can't thank my support crew enough for all their tireless energy, motivation, and focus. They were key to my success. Thank you too, to everybody who supported me through training and through the race itself. Your kindness is priceless to me. These photos are pre- and post-race photos. For excellent race day photos, here's a link to Glenn Tachiyama's pictures: http://www.pbase.com/gtach/bliss07. Also, here's a link to the race website and results: http://www.badwater.com/results/index.html.
Saturday night in Las Vegas.  Brad, Barb, and Audrey crew for Bonnie Busch
Saturday night in Las Vegas. Brad, Barb, and Audrey crew for Bonnie Busch
Mary Gorski on crew for Nikki Seger
Mary Gorski on crew for Nikki Seger
intelligent Mary Gorski
intelligent Mary Gorski
Jay and Cory are on race staff this year
Jay and Cory are on race staff this year
Larry Ham is on my crew
Larry Ham is on my crew
Nikki Seger will run the race
Nikki Seger will run the race
Cory & Nikki.
Cory & Nikki.
Nikki opens a beer without an opener
Nikki opens a beer without an opener
Cory sexy at the pool side
Cory sexy at the pool side
Pool side tradition: Lisa chooses a cigar
Pool side tradition: Lisa chooses a cigar
me & Nikki and cigars
me & Nikki and cigars
poolside
poolside
Brian takes it off
Brian takes it off
poolside
poolside
Nikki & me
Nikki & me
befuddled after our water is stolen from the hotel freezer
befuddled after our water is stolen from the hotel freezer
response
response
Leigh on crew for Lisa Smith-Batchen.  Check out that fresh Western States buckle!
Leigh on crew for Lisa Smith-Batchen. Check out that fresh Western States buckle!
Leigh, Larry, Dave B, Dori, and me
Leigh, Larry, Dave B, Dori, and me
Kari, Jet and Denise Jones
Kari, Jet and Denise Jones
baby Jet & Shannon Farar-Greiffer
baby Jet & Shannon Farar-Greiffer
baby Jet
baby Jet
Shannon, Lisa Smith-Batchen and Jet at the pre-race meeting
Shannon, Lisa Smith-Batchen and Jet at the pre-race meeting
Jamie Huneycutt from Arkansas will run the race
Jamie Huneycutt from Arkansas will run the race
Jay gets a shirt for Scott Weber
Jay gets a shirt for Scott Weber
Jay
Jay
Cory
Cory
Ruben
Ruben
Jack Denness & Mags
Jack Denness & Mags
Tim Kjenstad's crew vehical
Tim Kjenstad's crew vehical
Tim Kj's truck
Tim Kj's truck
wrapped in Bliss
wrapped in Bliss
applying the signs
applying the signs
#39
#39
Tom paces
Tom paces
Art Webb
Art Webb
Dave Heckman buys a big umbrella
Dave Heckman buys a "big" umbrella
Ben & Denis Jones are inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
Ben & Denis Jones are inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
runners on stage
runners on stage
Vanessa & Heck-a-rad
Vanessa & Heck-a-rad
Glenn Tachiyama
Glenn Tachiyama
me & Scott Jacaway before the 10 am start
me & Scott Jacaway before the 10 am start
the morning after my race on headed up Mt. Whitney to cheer in Nikki her last few miles
the morning after my race on headed up Mt. Whitney to cheer in Nikki her last few miles
post-race pizza party
post-race pizza party
Staff: Scott, Cory, Jay, Ruben, Anna, Mike
Staff: Scott, Cory, Jay, Ruben, Anna, Mike
me & Jamie post-race
me & Jamie post-race
Dave, Vanessa, Larry, Dori, Dave (Glenn left earlier in the day for home)
Dave, Vanessa, Larry, Dori, Dave (Glenn left earlier in the day for home)
Tracy Thomas - 3rd place
Tracy Thomas - 3rd place
Marshall Ulrich
Marshall Ulrich
Marshall & Frank McKinney
Marshall & Frank McKinney
Spokanites Dave Remington (buckler) and me
Spokanites Dave Remington (buckler) and me
Nikki
Nikki
Nikki got the Coleman red lantern award for last woman to cross the line
Nikki got the Coleman red lantern award for last woman to cross the line
awards line
awards line
called to the front for an acceptance speech: Chris Kostman, me, interpreter, Valmir Nunes
called to the front for an acceptance speech: Chris Kostman, me, interpreter, Valmir Nunes
Valmir from Brazil smashed the course record with 22:51:29!
Valmir from Brazil smashed the course record with 22:51:29!
Mario
Mario
speech
speech
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speech
speech
Valmir & his crew. Valmir gets emotional.
Valmir & his crew. Valmir gets emotional.
Kiehl's presents their award
Kiehl's presents their award
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t6%2f81%2f452681%2f4%2f83140428.31BCn3fS.jpg Humbled to stand with ultra giant Valmir Nunes
Humbled to stand with ultra giant Valmir Nunes
Valmir, Art Webb
Valmir, Art Webb
Valmir, Art Webb
Valmir, Art Webb
Jamie Donaldson is a true champ for sticking out her race. I am overwhelmingly impressed
Jamie Donaldson is a true champ for sticking out her race. I am overwhelmingly impressed
I am a baby!
I am a baby!
deeper than they look!
deeper than they look!
Race Director Chris Kostman
Race Director Chris Kostman
Jay & Cory
Jay & Cory
Lisa sandwich
Lisa sandwich
Cory offers a piggy-back ride
Cory offers a piggy-back ride
I accept
I accept
Nikki's heel
Nikki's heel
note the beer , which helps the heel!
note the beer , which helps the heel!
post-race pool side cigars
post-race pool side cigars
Jay
Jay
Nikki
Nikki
stimulated by the choices
stimulated by the choices
smoking section
smoking section
rings
rings
bookend friends: both of us won Coleman lanterns for 1st & last women
"bookend" friends: both of us won Coleman lanterns for 1st & last women
Mary
Mary
Mary (doesn't really) smokes
Mary (doesn't really) smokes
Heck-a-rad!!
Heck-a-rad!!
Bonnie ran a great race!
Bonnie ran a great race!
Larry
Larry
nice ash
nice ash
Dave & Scot Vanessa
Dave & Scot Vanessa
happy boy
happy boy
Brian Kuhn
Brian Kuhn
buckled
buckled
Bursler
Bursler
celebrating with shots in the car back to Vegas
celebrating with shots in the car back to Vegas
my crew won't let me carry anything.
my crew won't let me carry anything.
right > left swelling
right > left swelling
The Coleman gold lantern award for first place woman
The Coleman gold lantern award for first place woman
Finisher's medal and sub-48 hour buckle
Finisher's medal and sub-48 hour buckle
banner at work when I got back
banner at work when I got back